from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having prestige; esteemed.

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  • adj. Of high prestige.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Practicing tricks; juggling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Practising legerdemain; juggling; deluding.
  • Performed by prestidigitation; illusory; deceptive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having an illustrious reputation; respected
  • adj. exerting influence by reason of high status or prestige


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Attested since the 1540s; borrowing from Latin praestigiosus ("full of tricks"), praestigiae ("juggler's tricks"), possibly an alteration of praestringō ("to blindfold, to dazzle"), from prae- ("before") with stringō ("to bind or tie").


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